Archives Assistant - Arvind Sharma Fonds
- Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
- Job title: Archives Assistant - Arvind Sharma Fonds
- Organization name: McGill University Library & Archives
- Job location: Montreal, Quebec
- Length of assignment: 2017-11-27 to 2018-03-23 (14 weeks)
- Hourly wage: $15.15
For this short-term project, the incumbent candidate will be responsible for the archival processing, arrangement and description of the Arvind Sharma Fonds, a private fonds acquired by the McGill University Archives.
Dr. Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. Appointed Associate Professor at McGill University in 1987, Dr Sharma earned a B.A. in History, Economics and Sanskrit from Allahabad University in 1958, received his M.A. from Syracuse University in 1971, a Masters in Theology (1974) and PhD in Sanskrit (1978) from Harvard University in 1974. In 1976, Dr. Sharma was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Asian Religions at the University of Queensland, then in 1980, took a similar position at the University of Sydney. Dr Sharma has written numerous articles on comparative religion, Hinduism, human rights, and culture. Two books edited by him while at McGill are widely used in teaching comparative religion: Women in World Religions (1987) and Our Religions (1993).
This is an excellent opportunity for an archival student to apply theoretical knowledge to the practical environment. The student will perform the core functions of archival appraisal, arrangement and description from beginning to end, including the ability to produce a RAD compliant finding aid and provide the appropriate data for the archival management system. In addition, the student will also gain experience with public outreach and in assisting researchers with the MUA’s holdings through direct consultation or in responding to reference inquiries.
The successful Young Canada Works (YWC) candidate will work under the Director of Archives and University Archivist’s supervision and closely with McGill University Archives staff to appraise, arrange and describe the Arvind Sharma Fonds and make it accessible to support the teaching and learning objectives of the McGill University Library and Archives, McGill University and the public.
The Arvind Sharma Fonds will be beneficial to researchers in the areas of comparative religion, Hinduism, human rights and culture. There is very few archival documentation as comprehensive in this unique area covered by Dr. Sharma. This will complement the Professor Douglas Hall Fonds, which focuses on Christianity and its context in North America. The Arvind Sharma Fonds will also compliment the John Peters Humphrey Fonds, which includes drafts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Under close supervision, the selected candidate will be accomplishing the following tasks and project objectives:
• Assistance with the archival appraisal of the Arvind Sharma Fonds
• Assistance with the arrangement and description of the fonds for permanent storage
• Create a RAD compliant finding aid and appropriate metadata for inclusion in the archival management system and for online discoverability
• Assistance and support for McGill University Archives’ staff with reference and researcher inquiries, including developing content to promote the fonds.
The student will also select key material from the Arvind Sharma Fonds and prepare a short presentation in order to promote its accessibility to the public.
• Enrolled in a graduate-level archival studies program
• Proficient in software applications such as Office Suite
• Experience in the care and handling of archival materials
• Experience in research and analysis
• Strong organizational skills
• Excellent oral and written skills; ability to read and write in English and French
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment
The application deadline is November 17, 2017. Applications should be addressed to:
Yves A. Lapointe
Director and University Archivist
McGill University Archives
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C9
Characteristics of City/Region:
City of Montreal website: http://ville.montreal.qc.ca
McGill University website: http://www.mcgill.ca
McGill Universitiy Library & Archives website: http://www.mcgill.ca/library
Government of Quebec tourist website: http://www.bonjourquebec.com/qc-en/
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